hi, i'm holly, and i'm a writer.
A "writer" as in, I've known that's what I wanted to be since the first grade, even though my teacher caught me in a lie when I said I wanted to be a marine biologist, because I had just learned that was the technical term for my scuba diving Barbie, but then she told me she enjoyed my scribble-lamguage stories and hey did I know what a "writer" did?
A "writer" as in, proud alumna of the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, where I reigned as boss lady/editor-in-chief of Speakeasy magazine, a welcome hub for pop culture nerds and the occasional sports report. I came out of Athens with a bachelors of science in Magazine Journalism and a minor in English, Anthropology and Jell-O shots.
A "writer" as in, the one-time advice columnist at BOP & Tiger Beat, and yes, it ruled.
A "writer" as in, Peggy Olsen with winged eyeliner, having fallen into copywriting after college first with a product role at zulily, where I used words to sell SPANX and sports bras and stilettos to "Mom,' and created a training program for writers and cross-functional partners. Then I spent half a decade at a mom and pop boutique called Abercrombie & Fitch, where I was the word witch for abercrombie kids, making omni-channel, 360-degree marketing magic and crafting so. many. moose puns. I also have direct-selling experience, having spent about a year as copy lead at Thirty-One Gifts, where I lead a small-but-mighty team through the land of rebranding and worked to rebuild the voice and tone (for customers and consultants) one em-dash at a time.
A "writer" as in, the current lead copywriter at Petco, where my cat lady and copywriter personalities have merged, and any typical day could include revamping a brand guide for one of the 10+ owned brands, overseeing packaging messaging for cat litter, whipping out digital assets about slushies for dogs, or concepting an all-new brand for birds.
A "writer" as in, I promise I'm still working on that novel during my free (?!) time.
A "writer" as in, I literally do not know how to be anything else.